East Coast Beaches Australia : The Hidden Gems


Brochures of Australia are filled with snaps of Whitehaven Beach, Bondi Beach and The Twelve Apostles. If you want to have the same experience as everyone else, the same photos of everyone else and spend your time in crowded and expensive destinations, then by all means, follow the suggested itineraries in the brochures. If you’re after a more intimate experience with the Australian coast, if you want to actually meet some locals and enjoy long unspoiled beaches to yourself, then read on excited traveller. You might want to get out a map of Australia and mark these gems down!   Read more

Free Camping Australia: How to find cheap and free campsites


There is a lot of information online for backpacking hostel-dwellers and cashed up grey nomads however not too much is written for those of us who are camping on a budget. This is obviously because we’re not great a business investment, always looking for the cheapest option! However there are a few places that you can turn to get great info about the free and cheap campsites in Australia. CAMPS 8 This often referred to as ‘The Bible’ both in our tent and for many of those on the Australian road-trip circuit. This book lists thousands of free and cheap Read more

Best places to find wild cassowaries


Something that stunned me earlier this year when we were camping in the Chilean Andes, was the lack of animals running around the campsite. As a local Australian, I am accustomed to fighting of wild animals from our BBQ dinner and listening to footsteps around the tent at night. After sensing that lack of wildlife in Chile, I now pay even more attention when camping here in Australia, to the wildlife around me and appreciate this special country even more. Currently, we are camping our way around Queensland and we’re making a special effort to document the places where we Read more

Agnes Water: The Surf Beach You Don’t Know About


I have lost count of the amount of travellers who have told me that they came to Australia with a dream of learning to surf. How many of them actually and up doing it is a few smaller number. Don’t be one of those who spend 12 months here and never get on a surfboard. Never feel the thrill of riding a wave. Many tourists are not aware that the amazing surf of the Australian coast does not run all the way up to Cairns. In fact Agnes Water, is the most norther surf beach on the east coast of Read more

Is This the Best Campsite in Queensland?


Imagine camping amongst Volcanic Rock Formations and Golden Sanded Beaches Located in the Cape Hillsborough National Park, Smalleys Beach Camping Ground could easily be the best campsite in Queensland. It is surely one of best campsite I have seen on the East Australian Coast. The campsite is relaxing, tranquil, well located and booked out a week in advance; it’s not hard to see why. Smalleys Beach is the only state-run camping facility of the area. As such, it is managed by the local rangers and has your basics facilities, but no bells or whistles. This keep away a lot of Read more

Travel Australia : Tips and Tricks For the Ultimate Road Trip


Traveling the East Coast of Australia we have met dozens upon dozens of European couples and friends who are doing the same, as well as a couple of Americans along the way. Camping is becoming an increasingly popular way to travel in Australia, especially with the rise of the converted travel van industry and the high price of bus and plane travel in Australia. Camping can also help you to reduce your accommodation costs as your work along the way! Besides the economy of camping, what is the drawcard? Freedom! If you’re on a road trip you can leave the Read more

10 reasons you should try housesitting


Sick of accommodation sucking up so much of your hard-earned money? Have you thought about housesitting while you’re in Australia? If not, then you should. Membership to the housesitting sites are quite cheap and the amount you can save in accommodation far outweighs the price. Memberships range from $65 for an annual subscription to a specific-country housesitting site, such as aussiehousesitters.com.au or around the $10 per month mark for a larger international site such as trustedhousesitters.com. Once you sign up and pay your membership fee, you simply create yourself a profile and start to search and apply for housesitting opportunities. Read more

Free Things To Do In Townsville

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Townsville is much more than a departure point for Magnetic Island. We recently spent 4 weeks housesitting in Townsville and saw many backpackers walk only from their accommodation to the Flinders Street bars or to the Island Ferry. Guys, venture out a little! Townsville is a hidden hot-spot of free activities that makes for a cheap and relaxing week in this dry tropical environment. To help get your imagine going, here are my top five free activities In Townsville 1. Swimming at The Strand beaches You will want to jump in the water at The Strand, even if it’s just Read more

10 Tips For Things To Do in Noosa: Cheap and Fun


If Noosa is not on your list of places to see on the east coast of Queensland, then you might want to reconsider your list. The town is made up a a system of rivers that gives off the most incredibly relaxing vibe, as well as great surf beaches and a fee-entry National Park that houses kaolas and dolphins. All of this and so much more make Noosa the playground of choice for the rich and famous, and it can feel like you’re missing out on all the fun if you’re on a budget. I can imagine that many people Read more

See Kangaroos on the Beach


Only 35-40 minutes north of Mackay in sugar cane country, Cape Hillsborough is a nature lovers delight. You can feel completely secluded yet always be close to a few of the more necessary creature comforts. An absolute must-do when visiting the National Park is a sunrise experience with the kangaroos on the main beach of Cape Hillsborough. This beach is right in front of the camping ‘resort’ and only a ten minute drive from theNational Park camping at Smalleys Beach (see below for more info about camping n the area). Be sure to get there well before sunrise and pick Read more